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#1 of 5 OFFLINE   george kaplan

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Posted December 28 2005 - 11:22 AM

Here's the 25 newest additions:

1) Baby Face (1933)
2) The Buffalo Creek Flood: An Act of Man (1975)
3) The Cameraman (1928)
4) Commandment Keeper Church, Beaufort South Carolina, May 1940 (1940)
5) Cool Hand Luke (1967)
6) Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)
7) The French Connection (1971)
8) Giant (1956)
9) H2O (1929)
10) Hands Up (1926)
11) Hoop Dreams (1994)
12) House of Usher (1960)
13) Imitation of Life (1934)
14) Jeffries-Johnson World's Championship Boxing Contest (1910)
15) Making of an American (1920)
16) Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
17) Mom and Dad (1944)
18) The Music Man (1962)
19) Power of the Press (1928)
20) A Raisin in the Sun (1961)
21) The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
22) San Francisco Earthquake and FireApril 18, 1906 (1906)
23) The Sting (1973)
24) A Time for Burning (1966)
25) Toy Story (1995)


A lot of these are historically important pieces of film that one can't really argue against congress preserving. I applaud a number of the films on the list (e.g., The Sting, Miracle on 34th Street, Cool Hand Luke), and while I think it's a great film, I don't know how in need of special preservation efforts Toy Story is. But I do have to admit that I could think of some better candidates than Rocky Horror or Fast Times at Ridgemont High.
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#2 of 5 OFFLINE   rockinricky

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Posted December 28 2005 - 11:27 AM

Cool. Phoebe Cates coming out of the swimming pool and taking her top off will be preserved forever by the Library of Congress. Posted Image Posted Image

#3 of 5 OFFLINE   mattCR

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Posted December 28 2005 - 11:29 AM

Glad to see "Hoop Dreams" on that list.

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#4 of 5 OFFLINE   Kain_C

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Posted December 28 2005 - 12:26 PM

I hope this means we'll get a good DVD of Cool Hand Luke soon!

#5 of 5 OFFLINE   Craig S

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Posted December 30 2005 - 05:04 PM

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But I do have to admit that I could think of some better candidates than Rocky Horror or Fast Times at Ridgemont High.
I think these are both great left-field choices. RHPS because it is the ultimate cult-movie, and as such represents an vital subculture of film and film fandom. FTaRH because it introduced so many great on-screen talents (Sean Penn, Jennifer Jason-Leigh, Forest Whitaker), it was the first time a Cameron Crowe-penned work was filmed, and it perfectly captured a little slice of American social history. In fact, I consider FTaRH the American Graffiti of the 80s.

Kudos to the NFR for detouring off the beaten path and making choices like these.

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